Testimonials

Happy Clients

Satisfied clients who experienced benefits beyond their expectations are happy clients.  A few of our clients like to share their story with you, and inspire you to seek our expertise in helping you achieve your wellness goal too.

I have been working with Jacqueline for 6 months now. She has a wonderful depth of knowledge, is patient, positive, reassuring and gives consistent feedback so I know where and how I have progressed and where I need to focus. The exercises are changed up at a challenging but comfortable rate. Since working with her I no longer fall from losing my balance, am stronger overall, and have much more energy. Also as a lifelong avoider of exercise, I now walk between 2 and 4 miles a day, practice the exercises she has suggested, (mostly), and miracle of miracles, I’m loving it! Additionally, I am continuing to lose weight – 6 more pounds to reach “normal,” and…
I no longer take medications for depression, high blood pressure or incontinence! Oh yes, and I’m 75. Amazing!!! 

Sidney Rice

I have tried personal trainers, physical therapists and other programs to no avail. Thankfully a friend referred me to Jacqueline Sinke. I have been working with Jacqueline for the past six months and now have a totally new look on life.

Jacqueline is an expert in her field being a health fitness specialist, balance and mobility specialist and personal trainer. She carefully designed a targeted exercise routine to accommodate my complicated and delicate health concerns. She is working with me to gradually build core strength, building up muscles around my weakened spine, and to improve my balance so that I am less likely to fall. I can see my progress! I am getting stronger! Six months ago, I didn’t think this was possible. I have serious health issues. I have multiple sclerosis for the past 40 years. On top of that, I have severe osteoporosis. If I fall, the consequences could be major, even life-threatening. Pondering my precarious health problems has had me depressed, overwhelmed and confused. How can I exercise without hurting myself? What exercises can I do? I have tried personal trainers, physical therapists and other programs to no avail. Thankfully a friend referred me to Jacqueline Sinke. Since I have been working with Jacqueline I have a totally new look on life.

Alicia Gilbert

Bayla O’Brien has been working with me for over a year and a half. In that time she had worn many hats, and provided me with more help than anyone can imagine. Several years ago I underwent radiation therapy for a brain tumor. More recently I suffered a bad fall that caused further neurological injury and my balance and coordination were greatly affected. I tried taking various exercise classes to regain strength and coordination but found that trying to follow instructions as part of a group just would not work for me. Jacqueline recommended me to work with Bayla, the PT with her company Fitness & Function.

To say that Bayla has worked with me as a physical therapist, personal trainer, and even life coach hardly scratches the surface. In the beginning, she did a thorough assessment of my abilities and needs and we have been working through that list ever since. One of the most remarkable things that I have discovered in working with Bayla is that she is constantly observing how I am progressing and she adjusts the routines and exercises to fit. In addition, she is always concerned with my personal safety and wellbeing. Bayla clearly provides this same level of detailed planning for each of her clients. She also does not simply rely on standard treatments but continues to look for new ways to achieve desired results and to challenge those she is working with. All the while, Bayla is head cheerleader if I may be so bold as to use that title. On days when the routine has been difficult she somehow always manages to leave me on a positive note. Am I tired when she leaves? You bet. But I find myself looking forward to our next session and all the while can see and feel that I am making continuous and steady progress towards my goals.

Bayla had been an integral part of my recover and I strongly recommend her to anyone in need of a physical therapist. In summary I would like to say that Bayla has been one of the most pleasant and encouraging professionals that I have ever met.

Ronald C Tipper, Capt., USN (Ret)

Without question, Jacqueline Sinke is one of the finest fitness professionals I have ever known, an observation shared by all of our fitness directors and staff. Ms. Sinke has incredible credits, and, more importantly, a caring, helpful attitude that motivates her students to work sensibly and seriously towards attaining their fitness goals. She exemplifies all of the high-quality personal characteristics desired in a fitness professional.

Wayne Westcott PhD Fitness Director and National Strength Consultant

I am an assisted living resident and Bayla O’Brien has been my physical therapist. I’ve been able to make a great recovery from a double break in my left femur. Due to prior injuries my left leg, I had some traumatic problems with relearning to walk. Bayla was very aware of this and helped me overcome my initial reservations about walking. We worked through many exercises that were helpful for me to dismiss my mental doubt about using my leg. She helped me regain confidence. The exercises were significant towards my recovery of my balance worries and my walking with a walker. This in turn led to the culmination of my final goal of using my cane as the main source of my getting around.

P.S.

At age 76 I went through a severe medical crisis. I came through it, but the debilitating aftermath was extreme tiredness, weakness, depression, and the acceptance that I would never feel good again.  After all, the world saw me as elderly, and so did I so it was not unexpected that I had no optimism. Fortunately, my son didn’t accept my personal diagnosis.  He searched and found a highly recommended trainer who would come to my home to work with me.  Jacqueline Sinke, of Fitness and Function has changed my life.

Within only a few months, I felt stronger, had pride in my progress and, hugely, my physician saw (and tested) enough difference that she took me off a heavy duty medication that I had been taking for several years and she cut in half my blood pressure meds!  I am now 77, happy and empowered to return to the good life.  Jacqueline has known what I need, and has expertly and patiently moved me toward being the best I can be! 

Jerre Ann Bader

My wife and I have been working with Jackie for over a year now. Not only is she professional, caring and skilled, she is always on time. Her workouts are tailored to each of our needs and she changes them around frequently to keep us from getting complacent. Jackie is very knowledgeable in the areas of osteoporosis, arthritis and aging which has been a big help. We would both highly recommend Jackie to anyone seeking a personal trainer.

Mark Willner 

Bayla has been presenting at our Retiree Wellness Program for the past three years. Our participant group is a very large (over 100 participants) and highly specific population of  retired, blue collar labor union members and we have additional members (over 25) attending via simulcast at four remote locations. Bayla’s ability to translate her professional knowledge and practice into a presentation that captures an audience and attends to the unique needs of this group is rare to come by. She uses a combination of  research data, hands on demonstration, experience in the field  and lighthearted humor to bring a well-rounded presentation that engages and prepares our members to consider their next steps in their aging journey. Our members enjoy her presentations so much that they ask for her to return year after year. She is truly a gem in this field.   
 
Tori Geter, U.A. Local 290 Wellness Program

Jacqueline Sinke has been giving what amounts to physical exercise twice a week for a few months.  My problem is that with increasing age (I am now in my 90’s) my sense of balance was deteriorating, and indeed had one serious fall which was the main reason for seeking her help.   I have been slowly making wonderful progress in all sorts of activities (e.g. getting up from a chair, taking short walks, &c.)  and furthermore, I am in general feeling more vigorous and less anxious about falling.  I am even learning how to get up off the floor!

My sessions with her are very well conducted.  Her choice of exercises seems to me just right, and she supervises them carefully to see that she is not overextending me.  The whole experience for me has been very positive; I feel very lucky to have her expert help.       

 John Bonner PhD age 93 (currently 97) 

I began working with Bayla more than a year ago while recovering from cancer surgery. When we first met she asked me what my goals were. She did a thorough assessment of my physical abilities compared to national standards for women of my age, discussed where improvement was needed and how to achieve it. Bayla listens well and is careful to explain how each exercise relates to the particular goal we are trying to achieve. She is very safety conscious and I feel totally at ease as we work together. I have made great progress in balance, strength and stamina. I feel my goal is within reach. Having her come to my home is a great convenience. I highly recommend Bayla to all who need a physical therapist!

JK

I contacted Jacqueline to help me regain upper body strength after a mastectomy and chemo therapy. She has developed a program for me that has me stronger than ever. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging. I am grateful for her help and I highly recommend her services.

April D.

I have had Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years. Over that period of time, I have had many physical therapists. Without any hesitation, I think that you, Bayla, are exceptional! You keep me motivated and encourage me to do my best – ever mindful of my energy and fatigue levels. I sincerely appreciate your dedication to your profession and to your clients.

J.D


Bayla was my physical therapist after I had a stroke. She is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and caring. I credit her with my complete recovery and ability to travel across the country to attend my grandson’s wedding.

B.K.

One of the problems of incontinence is the lack of sleep when you are getting up several times during the night to use the bathroom. Lately we are reminded we need seven to eight hours of sleep to feel energized to get through the next day. Bayla has taught me how to get a good night sleep without napping during the day. Also when I do feel the need to use the bathroom, I feel confident I don’t have to rush to get there. I had experienced falling in my attempt to get to the bathroom, resulting in a trip in the wee hours of the morning to the emergency room for stitches on my chin. The chance of falling is always a fear as we age and become unbalanced. Bayla has not only helped me with continence control, day and night, but also with balance. I highly recommend her therapy treatments.

G.G.

I can honestly say that personalized exercise training with Jacqueline has saved my life and I will ever be grateful. I plan to keep up with these training sessions as long as I am physically able to.

P. Becker age 85